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nabob
Muslim official or governor under the Mogul empier (16th-19th C) in India

a person of conspicuous wealth or high status

a person who returned from India to Europe w/ a fortune during the period of British colonialization
nacre
mother-of-pearl
nadir
the lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization

the point on the celestial sphere directly below an observer; the opposite of Zenith
naif
naive or ingenuous; a person that is so
nascent
(esp of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential
nativism
the policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants

a return to or emphasis on traditional or local customs, in opposition to outside influences

the theory or doctrine that concepts, mental capacities, and mental structures are innate rather than acquired or learned
natter
talk casually, esp about unimportant matters; chatter
naturalism
philosophical viewpoint according to which everything arises from natural properties and causes, and supernatural or spiritual explanations are excluded or discounted

(in moral philosophy) the theory that ehtical statements can be derived from nonethical ones

religion, esp. deism, based on reason rather than on divine revelation
naturism
nudism

the worship of nature or natural objects
nave
the central part of a church building, intended to accommodate most of the congregation
ne
originally called; born (used before the name b which a man was originally known)
neap
a tide just after the 1st or 3rd quarters of the moon when there is the least difference between high and low water

(of a boat) to be kept aground or in harbor by a neap tide
nebbish
a person, esp a man, who is regarded as pitifully ineffectual, timid, or submissive; a nobody; a nonentity
necessitous
(of a person) lacking the necessities of life; needy
necrology
an obituary notice

a list of deaths
necrosis
the death of most or all the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of blood supply
nee
originally called; born (used esp in adding a woman's maiden name after her married name)
negritude
the quality or fact of being of black African origin

the affirmation or consciousness of the value of black or African culture, heritage, and identity: "Negritude helped to guide Senegal into independence w/ pride"
nemesis/Nemesis
the inescapable or implacable agent of someone's or something's downfall

retributive justice
neoclassicism
the revival of a classical style or treatment in art, literature, architecture, or music
neonatal
of or relating to newborn children

neonate: a newborn child until he/she is 4 weeks or older.
neophyte
a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief

novice/convert of a religion
neoteric
new; recent; modern

a modern person who advocates new ideas
ne plus ultra
the perfect or most extreme example of its kind; the ultimate
nescient
lacking knowledge; ignorant
neuralgia
intense, typically intermittent pain along the course of a nerve, esp in the head or face
neurasthenia
an ill-defined medical condition characterized by lassitude, fatigue, headache, and irritability, associated chiefly w/ emotinal disturbance
nevus
a birthmark or a mole on the skin, esp a birthmark in the form of a raised red patch
newspeak
ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda
nexus
a connection or series of connections linking two or more things

a connected group or series

the central and most important point
nictitate
blink; wink
niggling
troublesome or irritating in a slight but persistent way

trifle or petty
nimbus
lg gray rain cloud

light, aura, or color that surrounds sb or something
nimrod
a skillful hunter
nisei
a person born in the US or Canada whose parents were immigrants from Japan
nisi
(of a legal decree, order, or rule) taking effect or having validity only after certain specified conditions are met
niveous
snowy or resembling snow
noblesse oblige
the inferred responsibility of privileged ppl to act w/ generosity and nobility toward those less privilleged
noctambulist
sleepwalker
nocturne
a short musical composition of a romantic or dreamy character suggestive of night, typically for piano

a painting of a night scene
nocuous
noxious, harmful, or poisonous
nodus
a problem, difficulty, or complication
noetic
of or relating to mental activity or the intellect
noisome
having an extremely offensive smell

disagreeable; unpleasant

harmful; noxious
nolo contendre
(ion law) a plea by which a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction as though a guilty plea had been entered but does not admit guilt
nom de guerre
an assumed name under which a person engages in combat or some other activity of enterprise
nom de plume
a name under which a person writes; a pen name
nominal
existing in name only
nominalism
the philosophical doctrine that universals or general ideas are mere names w/o any corresponding reality, and that only particular objects exist; properties, numbers, and sets are thought of as merely features of the way of considering the things that exist. Important in medieval scholastic thought, nominalism is associated particularly w/ William of Occam
nonage
the period of immaturity of youth
nonce
coined for or used on one occasion: "a nonce usage"
non compos mentis
not sane or in one's right mind
nones
in the ancient Roman calendar, the ninth day before the ides by inclusive reckoning, i.e. the 7th day of March, May July, and Oct, or the 5th day of other months

also: None: a service of the Western Christian church, traditionally said (or chanted) at the ninth hour of the day (3 pm)
nonesuch
a person or thing that is regarded as perfect or unparalleled
nonpareil
having no match or equal; unrivaled
non sequitur
a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow the previous conclusion or statement
nosology
the branch of medical science dealing w/ the classification of diseases
nostrum
medicine, esp. one that is not considered effective, prepared by an unqualified person, e.g. a quack

a pet scheme or favorite remedy, esp. one for bringing about some social or political reform or improvement
noumenon
(in Kantian philosophy) a thing as it is in itself, as distinct from a thing as it is knowable by the senses through phenomenal attributes
nous
(in philosophy) the mind or intellect

common sense; practical intelligence
nouvelle cuisine
modern style of cooking that avoids rich, heavy foods and emphasizes the freshness of the ingredients and the presentation of the dishes
novena
(in the Roman Catholic church) a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days
noyade
an execution carried out by drowning
nubile
(of a girl or woman) sexually mature, suitable for marriage

sexually attractive
nudnik
a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore
nugatory
of no value or importance
nuit blanche
a sleepless night
nullifidian
a person having no faith or religious belief; having no faith or religious belief
numen
the spirit of divine power presiding over a thing or place
numerate
having a good basic understanding of mathematics; able to understand and work w/ numbers (adj.)
numinous
having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity (numen)
nuncio
(in Roman Catholic church) a papl ambassador to a foreign court or government
nuncupative
(of a will or testament) declared orally as opposed to in writing, esp. by a mortally wounded soldier or sailor
nutriment
that which nourishes; sustenance
nyctalopia
the inability to see in dim light or at night
nymphaeum
a grotto or shrine dedicated to a nymph or nymphs
nymphet
an attractive and sexually mature young girl
nystagmus
rapid involvuntary movements of the eyes